STILLWATER — It seems ideal that Oklahoma State will visit Kansas State on the day before Halloween to face the Wildcats.
Last Saturday, Kansas State gave up 683 total yards (279 rushing and 404 passing) in a 47-42 loss to Baylor.
Next up, Dana Holgorsen's high-powered OSU offensive attack which ranks No. 1 in the Big 12 in scoring offense, passing offense and total offense.
Could it be Nightmare on College Ave?
The Cowboys will prepare for the game as if Kansas State's defense rivals Nebraska's talented defense.
"They play well at home," Holgorsen said of Bill Snyder Stadium, which is located on College Ave. in Manhattan, Kan. "If you look at who they've beat at home, they've beat some quality opponents and haven't given up a lot of points."
But the Wildcats rank No. 100 nationally in total defense, allowing 429.29 yards per game, which means several of OSU's individual offensive game records could be in jeopardy Saturday.
Baylor running back Jay Finley ran for a school-record 250 yards and quarterback Robert Griffin passed for a career-high 404 yards in the Bears' win over Kansas State. Finley entered the game averaging 63.9 rushing yards per game and Griffin averaged 281.3 passing yards.
"Most of it was a result of huge plays," KSU coach Bill Snyder said. "I would hate to see the list. I haven't seen it yet of how many 30-plus plays they hit, but there was quite a few."
On Saturday, Baylor had nine explosive plays (plays of 20 yards or more) against KSU, including six 30-plus yard plays. Through seven games, the Cowboys have 45 explosive plays, an average of 6.4 per game, including 18 plays of 30 yards or more.
That sound you hear is Cowboy playmakers Brandon Weeden, Kendall Hunter and Justin Blackmon jumping for joy. Weeden averages 321.2 passing yards per game, Hunter averages 138.33 rushing yards per game and Blackmon averages 158.9 receiving yards per game.
The key will be preventing any letdown on offense sparked by facing what appears to be a subpar defense.
"We know we're going to get their best," Holgorsen said.
Snyder understands the depth of the problem — and potential nightmare — OSU's offense will present on Saturday.
"You're talking about the most prolific offense in the country, or certainly one of the top two or three," Snyder said. "Like any football team you have to stop the run first. But they make you stop both. It's that simple. On a scale of 1 to 10, what's the challenge? It's probably a 12."
KANSAS STATEâ€™S DEFENSE GAME-BY-GAME
Opponent, rushing yards, passing yards, plays, total yards, yards per play
UCLA, 193, 120, 62, 313, 5.0
SW Missouri St., 166, 281, 84, 447, 5.3
Iowa State, 171, 122, 68, 293, 4.3
UCF, 252, 92, 69, 344, 5.0
Nebraska, 451, 136, 52, 587, 11.3
Kansas, 103, 228, 82, 331, 4.0
Baylor, 279, 404, 76, 683, 9.0
Significant OSU single game records
Rushing yards: 332, Barry Sanders vs. Texas Tech (1988)
Rushing touchdowns: 5, Barry Sanders (twice) vs. Kansas (1988) and vs. Tulsa (1988)
Passing yards: 430, Zac Robinson vs. Texas (2007)
Passing touchdowns: 7, Josh Fields vs. SMU (2003)
Receiving yards: 300, Adarius Bowman at Kansas (2006)
Receiving touchdowns: 7, Rashaun Woods vs. SMU (2003)
Total offensive yards: 486, Zac Robinson vs. Texas (2007)